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Rare hawk that wowed birders mounted for museum display

February 2, 2020 GMT
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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, a great black hawk, a native of Central and South America, flies at Deering Oaks Park, in Portland, Maine. The South American bird of prey has been mounted by a taxidermist for display. The great black hawk first appeared in Maine in 2018 and attracted huge crowds when it later alighted in Deering Oaks park in Portland. The bird died in January 2019 after suffering from frostbite on its legs. The Portland Press Herald reports the mounted bird will be sent to the Maine State Museum. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, a great black hawk, a native of Central and South America, flies at Deering Oaks Park, in Portland, Maine. The South American bird of prey has been mounted by a taxidermist for display. The great black hawk first appeared in Maine in 2018 and attracted huge crowds when it later alighted in Deering Oaks park in Portland. The bird died in January 2019 after suffering from frostbite on its legs. The Portland Press Herald reports the mounted bird will be sent to the Maine State Museum. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A South American bird of prey that won the hearts of Maine birders when it made an appearance in the state has been mounted by a taxidermist for display.

The great black hawk first appeared in Maine in 2018 and attracted huge crowds when it later alighted in Deering Oaks park in Portland. The bird died in January 2019 after suffering from frostbite on its legs.

The mounted bird will be sent to the Maine State Museum, the Portland Press Herald reported. Taxidermist Tom Berube of Poland, Maine, did the work. He said he expects the hawk display to travel to the museum in the coming weeks.